Thoughtful Quotes page 145

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals [1929] ch 19
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense. It would be a description without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
Strong relationships are based not on the self-sacrifice in dealing with the big problems, but on the compromise in dealing with the little ones.
Mike Hutchison
Just when you think there is no one else to disappoint you, you disappoint yourself.
Mike Hutchison
Politics is a jungle: torn between doing the right thing and staying in office.
John F. Kennedy
War is always attractive to young men who know nothing about it
From 'A rumor of war' written by Philip Caputo in 1977
Life is the garment we continually alter but which never seems to fit.
Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.
Henry Ford
Your little candle may not light the room but it can light the candle next to it, which in turn can do the same, until all the candles are lighted and darkness is gone.
Ruth Smeltzer
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Soren Kierkegaard
In order to profit from your mistakes, you have to get out and make some.
That's just the kind of person I am. I'm the scratchy stuff on the side of the matchbox. But that's fine with me. I don't mind at all. Better to be the first-class matchbox than a second-class match.
'Norweigan Wood' by Haruki Murakami
Men of war cannot discern blood from wine.
Matthew Ramirez
I have an uneasy relationship with memories, a vexed alliance with the past. Almost invariably I want to "clean it up," to excise the sad sections and leave out the parts of the story that still hurt, and in the retelling to somehow sidestep those times that, deep down, I cannot forget. If we would only tell and remember the good times, I used to think, perhaps we could draw more of them to ourselves? "Cleaning things up" is a habit you learn early, before you have a chance to ponder the extent to which it will constrain your life. It's all well and good to clean things, but when we turn to tidying up the past, whitewashing the events and people who have profoundly shaped us - all of them - we've laid our hands roughly on something priceless: the knowledge that we can walk through pleasure or pain, joy or sadness, with equal grace or clumsiness, as the case may be, that what counts is that we get through somehow. More troubling, perhaps, we've comprised the chance to walk beside the person we follow. The process of walking alongside must account for good and bad alike. Following only the good means we follow the phantom, nothing more. To find the real person, we have to be careful what we clean.
Hannah Nyala "Leave No Trace"
A man cannot live his life by the calculations of retribution. I did what I had to do, and hope the consequences are kind.
Richard Paul Evans
How quickly the fabric of our lives unravels. We weave together protective tapestries of assumptions and false belief that are torn to shreds beneath the malevolent claws of reality.
Richard Paul Evans
Ignorance will always be more expensive than research. "Electricity wasn't discovered by trying to improve the candle."
Electricity wasn't discovered by trying to improve the candle.

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